Sonja Funnell Art

Sonja Funnell Art: October 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Defeating "Artist's Block"


Today, I'm going to try and give my solutions to one of the most painful issues an artist can have in the world of art making. You finally have time to create, but no inspiration whatsoever. So you will probably give up and go shopping or waste your life playing Sims 3 (personal experience). Here is how to not end up playing  Sims.


0. (Edit from 2013) Deadlines



Something that has worked better than all of these suggestions I listed is harsh and brutal deadlines. I graduated this Spring, and nothing gets creativity going like having to be in three different art shows by the end of the semester. So enroll in art classes, or if you have good self discipline, create some self imposed deadlines. You could also enter a juried art show or contest to force the inspiration to the surface.


OMG deadlines



1. The 30 Day Drawing Challenge


This challenge has been amazing for me in solving this problem. It conveniently supplies you with a daily inspiration prompt, and destroys the having to stare at a blank sheet of paper. Even if you hate the daily assignment, you will probably think of something you would rather be drawing instead, and you still end up inspired. Here is the 30 Day Drawing Challenge


2. Character Attribute Randomizer


The second solution is Pickle Kitty's Character Attribute Randomizer. This website is amazing for creating very interesting and inspiring character trait combinations. These are probably things you may have never thought of before. It really helps you to overcome getting stuck in a character design rut of drawing the gorgeous heroine/ attractive hero over and over again. 


3. Listen to Instrumental Music While Exercising



This tactic works for me because I am completely away from the blank paper, and my mind can wander freely as I run/bike/walk. Music with words guides me to much personally, I need music in which my mind is responsible for all the imagery. Personally, I love listening to Gustav Holst's Planets Suite when I run. The music gives a crystal clear vision of outer space, wonder, and dramatic visions which I have used in many of my recent drawings. 


So, these are my three main ideas and tactics for defeating Artist's Block. 


Other random bits of advice would be to get enough sleep so your brain can function and create, look at other people's artwork for inspiration, or just draw the most mundane thing around you. This could turn into your masterpiece. With that said, I hope this article helps you out of your rut and into creating again.

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30 Day Drawing Challenge Day Thirteen A Comic

Day 13: A comic. I know this isn't a comic, but it's sort of a comic book style. I couldn't think of a comic to draw, so don't hate.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

30 Day Drawing Challenge Day Twelve Most Recent Accomplishment

Day 12: Most recent accomplishment. Waking up is an accomplishment. 

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Monday, October 22, 2012

30 Day Drawing Challenge Day Eight Favorite Animated Character

I reworked day eight, and now it's out of order >_< Anyway, day eight, favorite character.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

30 Day Drawing Challenge Day Eleven Turning point in my life

Day 11: Turning point in my life. I drew when I started running, because it's good for you.Everyone should run.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

30 Day Drawing Challenge Day Ten Favorite Candy

Day 10: favorite candy

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

30 Day Drawing Challenge Day Nine Favorite TV Show

Day Nine: Favorite TV Show. I drew Jesse from Breaking Bad, because he's hawt. ~_^

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

30 Day Drawing Challenge Day Seven Favorite Word

Day Seven: Favorite word. I did "Lacustrine" just because I wanted to draw something related to a lake, and drew a bog, so I pushed away from the word even more. >_> The scene is from a fairy tale about the moon falling into a bog and being rescued by a random man from bog monsters.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

30 Day Drawing Challenge Day Six

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

30 Day Drawing Challenge Day Five Best Friend

Day Five: Best Friend. I didn't like the assignment, so let's interpret this as how one makes you feel..

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30 Day Drawing Challenge Day Four Favorite Place

Day Four, favorite place.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

30 Day Drawing Challenge Day Three Favorite Food

Day three is favorite food, so I picked the artichoke. I probably like this one so much because it's expensive, and I don't get them too much :( I know, sad :(

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Monday, October 8, 2012

30 Day Drawing Challenge Day Two Favorite Animal

Day Two is favorite animal, so I went for the tiger, my favorite since forever.

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30 Day Drawing Challenge Day One Self Portrait

I'm going to attempt this challenge..so here is day one (myself)
I tried to keep the drawing textured, it's okay.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Evolution of a Painting Part One

Here is the painting very close to the initial sketch. The subject is society's blindness from technology, the media, and the choice to remain ignorant in order to live a predictable life, without questioning the established  norms we are taught, and live by. We are constantly entertained, and some find no need to venture outside of this world for knowledge, until it is too late, and the monster which has been blinding you your entire life guides you to your end. 

So I drew the concept very literally, I did about 10 sketches beforehand for the composition, but went for the most obvious interpretation of my idea automatically. The scene I sketched was what I envisioned when I was out running, one of the most annoying but inspirational parts of my day. I created a humanoid monster lurking over the figure, and decided the figure should be a nude in a muddy purple/brown color. No colors were planned, which made it a struggle to move forward. 
 After spending a long time struggling with painting and developing the monster covering the main figure's eyes, I decided to paint it out entirely, and this photo shows the process of this decision. The space was suddenly freed up, and became airy with a lot of potential depth. I began to add more figures to the scene to share the shared struggle the theme of the painting is commenting on. The ground took on a olive green color, and I decided to dress my figures in dark tones with modern clothing.
 Adding texture to the ground was the next part of the process, giving the ambiguous cliff more of a sense of place. While working on the texture, I realized how to deal with the new found space, and sent the cliff winding into the distance. By keeping the sky paint layer thin and the paint application of the cliff thin as well, the painting has a sense of depth it couldn't have accomplished otherwise. A few more figures were added, and were in the sketchy stage.

 This is the point the painting is at now, I have the figures I have added mostly rendered, and the next step is to add more figures moving down the path from the distant space. Things I need to deal with and resolve is if the blind folds are really working on the figure, and how clean and sharp the figures should be rendered.
If anyone reads this thing, I will come back with the crazy sequel to this sometime soon! >_>

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